library, mayonnaise, worm bin

This morning we began by splitting the kids up into their new bands – not the musical ones, though that might happen eventually – but their miniature society, their extended family and direct support system. The word describes the simplest forms of society, where everyone relies on each other for help, support, and friendship. Though everyone will still work together and always support each other at Brightworks, the bands serve as a smaller support system to check in and travel with.

Library, Mayonnaise, and Worms

Library, Mayonnaise, and Worms

The kids headed downtown to the Main Library’s 6th floor, which houses the San Francisco History Center, and is filled with thousands of pieces of history.

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Library, Mayonnaise, and Worms

Clementine said, “We looked at pictures of criminals, some of which are creepy, but some of which are cute.”

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Library, Mayonnaise, and Worms

White gloves were a must and a plus.

Library, Mayonnaise, and Worms

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Photo of the old Best Foods mayonnaise factory, housed in our warehouse. Sanborn Fire Insurance Map, Sheet 553, 1985. Photo courtesy of the San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library.

Library, Mayonnaise, and Worms

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When perusing old restaurant menus, someone exclaimed, “OMG! It’s a cheeseburger with ice cream on it!!!”

Library, Mayonnaise, and Worms

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The goats awaited everyone’s return.

Library, Mayonnaise, and Worms

A moment of reflection with ink and paper. The kids wrote stories about historical figures they’d learned about at the library and read them aloud to each other.

Library, Mayonnaise, and Worms

Library, Mayonnaise, and Worms

The rest of the afternoon was filled with caring for the goats, making mayonnaise, constructing a worm bin, and building a bench.

Library, Mayonnaise, and Worms

Mackenzie explains the care and keeping of worms and their usefulness in composting.

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Chane led the kids in making mayonnaise. They were stunned that it was all edible, especially the raw eggs!

Library, Mayonnaise, and Worms

Library, Mayonnaise, and Worms

Ben and Henry concentrate on the beginnings of a bench, the first kid construction project at Brightworks.

Library, Mayonnaise, and Worms

Instructions for goat care, deftly illustrated by Ben and Bruno.

Library, Mayonnaise, and Worms